Congratulations to the Waukegan Public Library for another successful Monarch Festival. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table, whether that was talk, create a butterfly or pick up information. We had a great time challenging the kids’ creativity and watching their concentration, especially the younger ones. We also handed out over 200 Dining Guides and “Things to Do” calendars of events.
The weather was perfect and, once again, the Library arranged interesting activities and presentations, including a rock climbing wall, traditional Mexican folk dance and BMX Pro Biker Matt Wilhelm. Wilhelm was a wonderful motivational speaker, especially to kids about working toward a goal. The tricks he did, such as joining over people (including the Library’s Executive Director Richard Lee) were unmatched as well. If you have the opportunity to see him, do.
There were a number of other booths and food vendors. The Lake County Bike Project held raffles, giving away eight bikes during the event. We look forward to the Lake County Bike Project holding one or more technical training events to introduce weekend bikers to basic maintenance.
The Chicago Botanic Gardens Youth Farm were selling their fresh vegetables and we saw a number of people walking around with full bags.
Once again, congratulations to the Library for all their efforts in putting on a fun, successful event in downtown Waukegan.